18 Surprisingly Effective Gardening Tricks That Keep Away Pests, Fight Disease And Improve Your Soil

Nowadays, there are more and more people enjoy gardening. Unfortunately, even organic gardener still rely on harmful pesticide and chemical fertilizer most of the time. Perhaps because they don’t know that there are some safer way to cultivate their plants.

Lucky for you in this article we are going to outline some efficient tips to take care of your plants in an absolutely natural way. Some of the remedies below may sound unusual and even strange, but once you try them out, you will notice their amazing result.

How to improve soil

1.Use the kitchen waste for the garden

Yes, you can use any part of your kitchen waste for your garden, even when they’re not a compost pile. Make trench between the rows of vegetables with 1 foot depth then bury the kitchen waste there every day.

To avoid bad smell and flies, cover the trench with the soil piled along the edge of the trench. After you cover up the trench, it will look like a raised bed and you can plant the vegetables there for the following year.

2.Use wood ash and coffee grounds to adjust pH

When you plant many different plants, the pH of the soil will varied. To bring it all close to neutral again, you need to do a large-scale soil amendment. You can alkalize the soil for beans, beet, or broccoli using wood ash from wood burning stoves and fireplace. For the ericaceous plants like roses, azalea, rhododendrons, you can utilize coffee grounds.

3.Fertilize your garden with weed tea

You can use weed tea to fertilize your garden. Just cut them up and soak them in some water that has been kept in the sun. After several days, you can use your nitrogen-high green tea as folia spray or soil fertilizer.

You can also make tea using comfrey (Symphytum officinale) since it absorb nutrients from the soil.

4.Use your urine as fertilizer

The composition of your urine may be varied, but one thing for sure, it is high in nitrogen. Nitrogen can promote lush foliage growth and very effective for the green and grassy plant such as corn.

Remember not to pee directly on your garden. Not only it will attract the attention of your neighborhood, but also the high amount of salt may scorch the plants. So collect your pee in a bottle and dilute it with water in 1:10 ratio then apply it to the root zone.

5.Killing weed using vinegar

Weed has never been a friend for any gardener. So if you like gardening, the first thing you want to do when you see weed in your garden must be to eliminate them. But ever since this day, you no longer have to use chemical weed killer. Instead, use vinegar, a better, natural alternative.

Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle then start drenching the weeds. Vinegar is acidic and the acid will burn the weeds and kill them in a couple of days.

Do not forget to water your garden afterward to remove the excess acidity or sprinkle some baking soda to neutralize the ph.

6.Make use of eggshells and oyster shells to your garden beds

Eggshells and oyster shells are a slow-release fertilizer which you can use to sweeten the soil and boost its health. The shells contain calcium carbonate which can alkalize the soil. Use a rolling pin to make the pieces as small as possible.

How to fight disease

7.Bury some coins your garden

You can support the health the soil in your garden and keep your plants safe and healthy by burying several cooper coins. This way, you can avoid fungal infection since cooper is a popular fungicide. The copper coin your bury will release metal slowly which will hill the fungal spores in the soil

8.Use baking soda to fight fungal disease

Using a commercial fungicide is not an option for those who want to avoid contact with harmful chemical substance. As a replacement, use baking soda which is cheap, non-toxic and can efficiently fight fungal disease. It is easy to use and provides magnificent results.

To so this, just add a tablespoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water. Then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Then you can start drenching the plants and soil.

How to control bugs

9.Utilize neem oil

Using neem oil which has been extracted from the seeds of the neem tree is the best way to protect your plants from pests. It will obstruct the development of insects and their ability to breed.

Ad a teaspoon of neem oil and a few drops of detergent into half glass of water. Then pour it into a spray bottle and shake it well. Leave it for 8 hours before you start using it to the soil. Repeat the process once a week

10.Use Aphis Eater

To keep the pests away, you may need to introduce a potent natural enemies. You can buy aphid eaters online at garden supply stores. Some plants including clover, yarrow, fennel and herbs like mint are also helpful in fighting against insects.

11.Eliminate aphids with water and soap

Since the ants help them, aphids can colonize very quickly and grown even quicker. Fortunately, you can prevent it all by using water and soap because its formula will eliminates the waxy coating on the aphids and cause them to suffer from dehydration. Add two tablespoon of dish soap into a gallon of water and mix the solution well. Pour the solution into spray bottle and use the mixture to the plants.

12.Use borax and honey to control ants

The ants themselves are not going to ruin your garden. However, they help aphids which can cause serious damage to your plants. So you need to make sure that the ants are taken care of to avoid further complication.

Prepare a paste by mixing borax and honey and use it as an organic ant-killer. Apply the paste around the base of the stems which are infected with aphids. It will dehydrate ants and might even eliminate the entire colony.

How to promote plant health

13.Make a yield by driving a nail into a tree

You can jolt a tree into flowering and fruit set by driving a nail into a tree. You can drive a nail into the trunk of an old apple tree and you will see it coaxed to flower.

In India, people also use it to bear fruit from coconut tree. You don’t have to worry about the nail damaging the tree since the tree have a self-healing mechanism that isolated foreign bodies and produces scar tissue.

14.Boost root development with coconut water

Coconut water or coconut milk contains a lot of minerals that can improve the development of the root. You can replace the synthetic rooting hormone to coconut water. It is high in cytokines and gibberellic acid which can enhance the germination of the seeds and root development in cuttings.

15.Use Epsom salt to improve fruit

Epsom salt is abound in magnesium, thus it can help if your pepper plants drop fruits. Add two tablespoon of Epsom salt into a quart bottle of warm water and shake it well. Use the mixture to spray the plants for 2 weeks, start from when they are flowering to when they are finish fruiting.

16.Use tubs of water to extend growing season

Tablet of water can be used to efficiently regulate the microenvironment in your garden. The solar radiation heats the water and also the garden soil. In the evening, the soil cooled down quickly and the water releases the stored up heat slowly. In other words, the water keep your plants warm which allow your plants to boost a bit more before the winter.

You can use water tubs in controlled environments to improve the absorption of the heat energy.

17.Fight iron deficiency with rusty nails in watering

Iron play an important role in the growth of your plants. When your plants are lack of iron, it could lead to a condition known as iron chlorosis which will cause the leaves to be yellow while the veins will remain green.

Most of the time, this problem occur because the plants unable to absorb the iron due to the excessive amount of phosphorous in the soil.

To solve this issue, spray the plants with some water high in iron. You can supply the iron regularly to the plants by using a few rusty nails in the watering.

18.Playing music

Many gardener talk to their plants, so how about playing some music to your plants? According to plants biologist, music can improves the growth of plants significantly.

What’s really interesting is the result of experiments done by Dorothy Retallack that showed how plants lean toward the speaker that play the kind of music they like.

The observation discover that plants enjoy classical music to country music. So play the jazz music to your plants and keep the rock music to yourself as plants simply hate it.

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